Governor Wike (file photo)
Governor Nyesome Wike of Rivers State has declared 19 persons wanted for operating illegal refineries in the state.
The governor disclosed this during a broadcast in Port Harcourt on Sunday, while also threatening to expose more accomplices of illegal refiners.
Besides, he directed the Head of Service of Rivers State to query and possibly recommend the prosecution of a Director in the Rivers State Civil Service for aiding the operation of illegal refineries in the state.
He also ordered the immediate prosecution of those arrested for illegal trading and contravening the ban on the use of motorcycles in Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt, the two metropolitan councils of Rivers State.
The governor however restated the ban on the use of motorcycles in Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt, as well as a ban on the use of makeshift buildings and umbrellas by traders in the G.R.A phases one and two.